BARSTOW — Authorities arrested a 51-year-old man who they say pointed a gun at another man's face and threatened to kill him Monday.

Barstow Police Department officers responded to a call in the 2500 block of West Main Street at 8 p.m. Monday reporting two men fighting and a shot being fired.

When officers arrived at the scene, they learned that the suspect who discharged the firearm had left the location in a gray-colored Honda, authorities said.

The Honda was located in the 2100 block of West Main Street and, according to authorities, a traffic stop revealed that one of the occupants, identified as John Walter Johnson, was involved in the reported fight.

"The victim reported being assaulted by Johnson during an argument," Barstow Police Department officials said in a statement. "The victim stated that Johnson pointed a pistol at his face while threatening to kill him. The victim also stated Johnson pointed the pistol toward the ground and discharged it prior to leaving the location."

A witness at the scene pointed to a dirt area where he told authorities that he saw dirt "kick up" after Johnson discharged the pistol.

Detective Thomas Lewis was requested to assume the investigation and Evidence Technician DeAnna Schooler responded to process the scene. Both located evidence that supported statements made by the victim and witness, authorities said.

Johnson was positively identified as the shooter by the victim and a criminal history check revealed he was a convicted felon who is not allowed to own or possess firearms.

Authorities arrested Johnson on suspicion of assaulted with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Lewis at the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.

Kevin Trudgeon may be reached at 760-955-5358 or ktrudgeon@vvdailypress.com.